Five Things to Know: Girls’ Junior
TAMPA, Fla. – Next week, the best female junior golfers from around the state will make the trip to Bradenton with the hope of raising the Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship trophy at the end of the week.
Here are five things to know before the championship begins on Tuesday.
Return to Golf
After being put on pause by the COVID-19 pandemic, the FSGA junior golf schedule returns to action at the Girls’ Junior Championship. The 61st championship will be contested at Bradenton Country Club and River Strand Golf & Country Club. This will mark the first FSGA junior tournament played since March 7-8 at Southwood Golf Club.
Defending the Crown
Jillian Bourdage and Kaitlyn Schroeder captured the Girls’ Junior Championship last year at Streamsong Resort. Bourdage fired a final-round 67 on her way to winning the 16-18 Division and her first FSGA championship. Two weeks after her win, the Ohio State University signee finished runner up at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship. She was honored with the FSGA Girls' Junior Player of the Year award in November after a breakout 2019 season.
Schroeder went wire-to-wire at Streamsong to earn the 13-15 Division victory last year. The Girls’ Junior win marked the first FSGA championship title for Schroeder, who also picked up two Florida Junior Tour wins last season.
2018 champions, Chloe Schiavone and Aaron Whitley, will also be in the field and competing for another Girls’ Junior title.
Tour Champions Set Sights on Girls’ Junior
Last year’s FJT Tour Championship victors will be in the Girls’ Junior field. After battling Innisbrook’s Copperhead and Island Courses, Jacqueline Putrino took home the win in the 16-18 Division in 2019, while Mi Li secured the 13-15 title.
Putrino also picked up an FJT win last season, along with finishing tied for fifth at the Florida Women’s Open and advancing to the Round of 16 at the Women’s Amateur Championship. Li added two FJT wins and seven top-10 FJT finishes last seasons.
FJT Winners Seek State Title
Nine FJT winners from this season will be in the field in Bradenton. Izzy Pellot captured a win at Esplanade Golf & Country Club in February, while also earning three runner-up finishes this season. Jordan Fischer and Amelia Williams picked up win at the FJT Majors in January, Fisher in the 13-15 Division and Williams in the 16-18 Division.
Bradenton CC and River Strand Play Host
While this will be the first Girls’ Junior Championship to be held at Bradenton Country Club, it is no stranger to championship play as it hosted the 2019 Women’s Senior Amateur Championship, the 2017 Senior Amateur Championship and the 2013 Boys’ Junior Amateur Championship. The course will also host the Super-Senior Amateur Championship later this year.
River Strand Golf & Country Club will serve as the co-host for the 2020 championship.
The Girls’ Junior will consist of 54 holes of individual stroke play, with players competing at Bradenton CC and River Strand G & CC on Tuesday and Wednesday. After 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 70 players and ties, and the final 18 holes will be played at Bradenton CC.